Tap Water Safety in Peru

Can you drink the tap water in Peru?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Peru (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in Peru are:

For a full list of cities in Peru, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Peru Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Peru have access to tap water.

In 2000, 45% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 81% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Peru, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 59% and rural availability figures at 21%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Peru Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Peru includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
20002591545%81%1%
20173216550%91%1%
Rural
2000699714%51%1%
2017707621%76%2%
Urban
20001891857%92%1%
20172508959%96%1%

How Do People In Peru Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Peru have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution80%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality20%Low

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